#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Siauliai (0-2) in their last game. Despite Liutych's good performance the third-placed Siauliai was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the leading TU/Rock in the group H of Baltic League.
He scored 10 points in 26 minutes on the court.
There are only four games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(37-59) and FT: 64.3% in the 11 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko managed to help Unics Kazan to win against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (4-7) 74-63 in the VTB United League last Sunday.
He recorded 5 points.
Unics Kazan (8-3) is placed second in group A.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team.
This year Veremeenko averages: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(30-47) and FT: 83.9%.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team in 2007.
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-12) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's good performance Olin Edirne was crushed 98-61 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker.
He scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes.
It was Olin Edirne's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
Parakhouski is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.7bpg.
This year his other stats are: 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 65.0%(78-120) and FT: 45.5% in the 15 games.
Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy) led AcegasAps TR to a victory against the 12th-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (5-9) 79-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Acegas Aps Trieste (8-6) is placed seventh in the Lega2.
Meshcharakou's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 4.2rpg.
He is also Belarusian national team player.
#5. An experienced former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Mazeikiai's victory against the closely-ranked Dzukija (17-7) 94-87 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Sunday night.
Kojenets scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mazeikiai (19-5) is placed first in the NKL.
It's Kojenets' first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
Kojenets used to play for the Belarusian national team
four years ago.
#6. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel (2-6) in their game against AEL (5-8) in the Cypriot Division A.
He recorded 7 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in 39 minutes.
Apoel was edged 67-64 in Limassol by the lower-ranked (#6) AEL.
Stiggers' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Stiggers is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg and 2.7spg in the nine games.
Stiggers is a naturalized American.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.
Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.
#7. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) couldn't help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 73-66 at home by the higher-ranked Dynamo Moscow (#9).
Shustau was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 passes.
Shustau has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:
#1.Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Elitzur Yavne (8-4) in their last game. Despite Lioutrine's very good performance Elitzur Yavne lost 75-90 on the road to the second-ranked Hapoel Afula.
He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
It's Lioutrine's first season with the team.
This year Lioutrine's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 12 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli.
Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.
#2.Igor Suhinin contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Severstal (3-12) crushing them 70-42 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Sunday night.
Suhinin scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-9) is placed 11th in the Superleague.
This year Suhinin's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.
#3. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 73-66 at home by the higher-ranked Dynamo Moscow (#9).
Karpov recorded 10 points.
Karpov's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 1.8rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.
Belarus - Israel 75:87 Israel and Belarus clashed in the test game in Minsk. The visitors celebrated a comfortable victory. Bar Timor (190-G-92) notched 15 points to lead the visitors. Belarus stayed in front in the opening quarter. The hosts grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Belarus kept Israel at bay throughout the second term. The home side ensured a 37:33 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. Belarus entered the final period up by 2 point... [read more]
Belarus - Israel 75:87
Israel and Belarus clashed in the test game in Minsk. The visitors celebrated a comfortable victory. Bar Timor (190-G-92) notched 15 points to lead the visitors. Belarus stayed in front in the opening quarter. The hosts grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Belarus kept Israel at bay throughout the second term. The home side ensured a 37:33 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. Belarus entered the final period up by 2 points 56:54. But Israel unleashed 33 points in the fourth quarter and drove to the victory. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94) netted 12 points, while Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) contributed 11 points in the win. Vyacheslau Korzh (192-PG-84), Mikita Meshcharakou (204-F-88, college: Wake Forest) and Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) responded with 11 points each for Belarus.
Anthony Hilliard (ex Tsmoki-Minsk) is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon - 12 days ago
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Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-92kg-86, college: Elizabeth City). He played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Hilliard managed to play in three leagues last year. In three Premier League games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 7.0apg and 3.3spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Belarusia... [read more]
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-92kg-86, college: Elizabeth City). He played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Hilliard managed to play in three leagues last year. In three Premier League games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 7.0apg and 3.3spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Belarusian All-Star Game. Hilliard also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in VTB United League where he had 14.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg. The previous (14-15) season Hilliard played at Loimaan Korikonkarit in Korisliiga. In 40 games he got remarkable 16.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 3.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Hilliard also played 25 games in VTB United League where he got 14.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.1apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hilliard received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time. Hilliard has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar and VOO Verviers-Pepinster), France (Olympique Antibes) and Germany (Artland Dragons). He attended Elizabeth City State University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
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